Wenger: Sagna could sign contract in two weeks

Shaun Botterill

Arsene Wenger has today said that Bacary Sagna is close to signing a new contract.

Stalwart right back Bacary Sagna is close to continuing his time at the Emirates according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. In his press conference on Friday, the Arsenal boss said, "[it] could be decided in the next two weeks. It looks positive. It would be a great boost of course". This is excellent news. After having a poor (by his standards) 2012-13, Sagna has been superb this season, and there really is no internal replacement for him. Hector Bellerin is too raw, and Carl Jenkinson can struggle against the best opponents, and doesn't match Sagna's technical skill, as so often the Frenchman is used as an outlet. Replacing him would've been very difficult.

Furthermore, it signals a shift in Arsenal policy, where perhaps we can now afford to have over 30-year olds at the club for a longer contract. In the past, the elder players have perhaps been dispatched too quickly, with some previous teams lacking experience. Even if Sagna is not a starter in the final year of his two year contract extension (2015/16), he'd be an excellent backup to have, and an excellent mentor for whoever our right back would be.

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